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Myspace Racks Up Registrations

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Beverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. Myspace says it is now adding around 40,000 new registrations a day, driven by its music player.

MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service

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Social entertainment site Myspace , which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday. The new service ties the social features of MySpace with traditional television viewing.

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Viant, Owner of Specific Media and MySpace, Acquired By Time Inc.

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Irvine-based Viant , the parent company of Specific Media and Myspace , has been acquired by publisher Time Inc. , Viant, which is led by Tim Vanderhook, was founded in 1999 as Specific Media, and acquired Myspace back in 2011. viant specific media myspace time merger acquisition asset performance advertisingthe companies said this morning. Financial details of the asset deal were not announced.

Myspace Launches New Music Player

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has released a new music player. The site said its new Myspace Music Player will provide free, unlimited on-demand listening, personalized radio, search, as well as sharing features on both Myspace and Facebook. Myspace said it has inked licensing deals with Sony, Universal, EMI, and Warner, along with 20,000 independent labels, to power the music service.

MySpace Chops 47 Percent

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Amid rumors for weeks that Los Angeles-based MySpace has been planning massive layoffs, the firm said today that it is cutting 47 percent of its staff globally, or roughly 400 employees. MySpace has been undergoing major structural changes over the past few years, as the firm's core social networking business shifted to competitor Facebook. myspace layoff jobs employment social networking content entertainment

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

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Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. Myspace said it has automatically upgraded profiles from the classic Myspace to the new platform.

MySpace Settles With FTC On Privacy

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Once high flying social networking site MySpace --now a unit of Specific Media--has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy issues, according to the FTC. Among other parts of the settlement , the FTC said that MySpace will be required to obtain biennial assessments of its privacy program by independent, third-party auditors for 20 years. myspace privacy settlement legal charges

MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

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Los Angeles-based MySpace , the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network, in a deal reportly worth $35M. As part of the buy, current MySpace CEO Mike Jones will be leaving the company after a transition period. The acquisition of MySpace has been rumored for months, as the site transitioned into a music- and celebrity-oriented site after failing to gain ground against Facebook.

Specific Media Pares Staff As It Digests MySpace

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Irvine-based Specific Media has cut a small amount of its staff, as it continues to absorb its buy of Los Angeles-based MySpace. In a statement, the company said it has identified "sales and operating synergies that exist between itself and Myspace" and is "consolidating forces" to align the workforce with the direction it is headed. with a pointer to a number of open positions at the company, including a few at MySpace itself.

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GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec

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Los Angeles-based GOGII , the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. Hill was most recently VP of Mobile Monetization at MySpace. myspace executive iphone textplus networking mobile social gogii

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ThisNext Adds MySpace's Jones To Board

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Santa Monica-based ThisNext , the women's social shopping site run by Matt Edelman, said today that it has added Mike Jones, the CEO of MySpace, to its board of directors. shopping social board executive michael jones mike myspace thisnextJones also sits on the boards of Docstoc, GumGum, MoVoxx, and others. ThisNext is focusing in on providing social shopping and content for women. The firm owns the StyleHIve fasion site, in addition to the ThisNext site. READ MORE>>.

Reports: MySpace To Go For $20-30M

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Multiple reports today say that once lofty social networking site MySpace is now being set to be sold by News Corp. Irvine-based Internet advertising network Specific Media and Golden Gate Capital are among the rumored bidders for MySpace. MySpace is reportedly planning big employee cuts at the company today. myspace employment jobs merger acquisition newsfor as little as $20M to $30M.

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry.

Myspace Sets Entertainment Head

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Myspace said that Mincheff will help lead internal production and entertainment efforts, developing original programming and content for the site. myspace entertainment music specificmedia specific media executive

MySpace's Anderson Among Worst-Dressed Tech Moguls, Says GQ

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A new article published today in GQ magazine identifies Tom Anderson , the Los Angeles resident and former co-founder of MySpace , as among the 15 worst dressed men of Silicon Valley. fashion anderson myspaceThe article--which also ragged on such tech notables as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg--said that Anderson is a "a victim of over-layering", particularly for his penchant for wearing a "T-shirt, hoodie and blazer all at once.".

Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief

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The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media / MySpace, Michael Barrett , as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, under interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, the firm said Monday. Barrett was Chief Revenue Officer at Los Angeles-based MySpace. Barrett previously served with Levinsohn working on MySpace and FoxSports.com.

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Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR

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Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing, and was at LowerMyBills before that. What, if anything, did you learn from Myspace which you are applying here? It's funny, though I would say that a lot of the work we're doing here is similar to what we were doing at Myspace in the beginning. Initially, Myspace was competing with Friendster, and lots of influeners on MySpace were coming from Friendster, so we were doing a lot of outreach to those users.

RocketFrog Launches With $2M, MySpace's Anderson

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Los Angeles-based RocketFrog , a new startup developing casino games on Facebook, launched Tuesday, saying that it has raised $2M in angel funding, and also added MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson as an advisor. rocketfrog venture capital gambling casino blackjack games videogame facebook social anderson myspace

MySpace Picks Artists For Promo Program

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace Music , the music side of Myspace, said today along with Fuse , the music television channel, that it has selected the artists for its next "Introducing." myspace music fuse musician promotion artistshowcase of emerging artists. The firms said they have selected Cali Swag District, Rye Rye, Christina Perri, Young the Giant for the program, which showcases new artists through both online and offline promotions. READ MORE>>.

Myspace Confirms Major Password Leak

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Los Angeles-based Myspace , which is now part of Time, Inc., confirmed a major security breach on Tuesday, saying that stolen Myspace user login data had been posted to an online hacker forum. Myspace--which blamed the hack on Russian cyberhacker "Peace."--said said the data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. myspace password leak cybersecurity social networking

Science Inc. Re-Ups On Wealthfront

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Los Angeles-based startup studio, incubator, and investor Science , which is led by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is part of a new funding round for automated investment service Wealthfront , the company has confirmed. wealthfront venture capital rebalance index finance financial stock trading investing investment scienceinc mike jones myspace

Myspace Hails Launch Response

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Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, new owner, and is hoping for some new users with its brand new, music-focused, user interface--and says that so far, the response is good. Myspace also said that 34 percent of the traffic to its new site is coming from mobile users.

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

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www.science-inc.com), the startup �studio� led by former MySpace CEO and technology veteran Mike Jones , just saw its third acquisition out of its portfolio this year�the acquisition of FameBit by Google/Youtube. myspace accelerator incubate incubator acquisition merger exit investment financial investor dollarshave shave dollar google famebit michael science jones mikeLos Angeles-based Science Inc.

Science Raising New $30M Fund For LA Startups

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the startup incubator headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is reportedly raising another $30M in funding to put towards its startups. science myspace scienceinc venture capital fund funding Science, Inc. , According to a report this morning, the fund will also invest in non-Science incubated startups.

Altly, Dmitry Shapiro's New Startup, To Take On Facebook

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Dmitry Shapiro , the founder of Veoh and most recently the CTO of MySpace Music, is looking to build an alternative to Facebook at his new startup, Altly. Shapiro recently left MySpace Music, just ten months after he joined. altly startup dmitry shapiro veoh myspace music executive

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Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world. Also find out when you can hear more from MySpace alumni Sean Percival and Tony Adam – two of the first entrepreneurs in residence at Science.

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

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Santa Monica startup, Gravity --headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M gravity myspace personalization venture capital

Postcard on the Run Turns Mobile Snapshots Into Mail

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A new, Los Angeles startup, Postcard on the Run , started by MySpace veteran Josh Brooks, has launched today, allowing users to take a photo with any mobile device, and instantly send it as a real, printed postcard. postcard potr snapshot mobile mail postcards mailing photo startup myspace

MySpace Debuts New Timberlake Design

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MySpace , the online social networking site which is now owned by Specific Media, has finally rolled out its new, Justin Timberlake-inspired web design, in conjunction with the release of a new single from Timberlake and JAY Z. myspace timberlake justin design social networking

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Los Angeles-based MySpace has been among the most visible of Southern California's Internet era success stories, although the site--now owned by News Corporation--has had its own share of ups-and-downs, as well as questions about its future.

Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Yes, we’re talking pre-Friendster, MySpace , Facebook …you get the point. However, before you pop open the champagne, please read this op-ed I wrote last summer about the death of MySpace, it’ll give you a sense about what you’re in for after you go public.

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io/LA Shuts Down

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io/LA was best known for being co-founded by former Myspace Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb; the space was hoping to bring together both the technology and entertainment industry in its space. iola hollywood incubator accelerator coworking myspaceHollywood-based io/LA , the high tech and creative incubator and coworking space, has shut down, the first loss of one of Southern California's new crop of high tech gathering spaces.

Pervical: Why MySpace Was A Spaghetti-Ball Mess

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Wonder why once dominant social networking site MySpace --once the poster child for the Los Angeles technology startup world failed under News Corp? Former MySpace VP Sean Percival says it was a "spaghetti-ball mess". The Guardian shares Pervical''s lessons drawn from his time at MySpace and talks about what went wrong. Percival--now in the Bay Area--also talks about MySpace''s failed attempt to purchase Spotify, and why bureaucracy killed MySpace.